As the March 15 NBA trade deadline approaches, teams that need help will be actively searching for players that will help convert them from pretenders to contenders.
There are a lot of players that are being shopped around, but there are some players on the trading block that teams should be wary of. Most of these players are known for their skill, but they should have a red flag next to their names because of off-court issues.
One of the biggest troublemakers who could be on the trading block is Stephen Jackson, shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jackson has been charged with criminal recklessness, numerous misdemeanors—including assault, disorderly conduct and battery—twice.
Jackson would never say whether or not he has requested a trade, but he did say that he was unsure of his role with the Bucks.
If I were the Bucks, I would try to get rid of Jackson as soon as possible. But if I was any other team, well, I would avoid him and his problems.
Michael Beasley is also on the block with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said at one point that the team moves the ball a lot better without Beasley on the floor.
This is quite alarming for the Wolves, since their highest paid player this year is none other than Beasley.
Watch out for this guy; Beasley has had many problems with marijuana and has gotten into trouble with the law because of it. He also has several traffic tickets for speeding.
He reportedly checked into drug rehab before, but it never seemed to work. He was back smoking the herb not much later.
There are not a whole lot of troublemakers on the trading block. But, because of the lockout, there are a couple currently in China or in free agency.
One such free agents is Gilbert Arenas.
The Lakers have been showing increasing interest in Arenas ever since Steve Blake went down with a rib injury that has kept him from playing since January 11 and is expected to miss another couple weeks.
Must the Lakers be reminded of his gun incident in late 2009?
Not only did Arenas pull a gun on his own teammate, but then he later tried to play it off as a joke.
This guy is not someone that will help the Lakers turn their problems around. If anything, he would only add to them.
There are other options at point guard out there, like Jonny Flynn, who doesn’t bring guns to locker rooms and them pull them on teammates.
There is a reason Arenas is still a free agent.
Lastly, multiple teams are actively looking at J. R. Smith, who is still in China as that basketball season comes to a close. Teams interested in Smith's talents include New York, Minnesota and Chicago.
Smith has had an obscene amount of traffic violations and license suspensions, which even caused him to be suspended two seasons ago.
Also, between April 2005 and January 2006, Smith receive eight traffic violations on seven different days. Five of which were for speeding.
Smith does not seem to learn very quickly, which does not bode well for any team that picks him up.
If a team picks him up.